Author Topic: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places  (Read 4411 times)

Description:

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« on: August 09, 2015, 07:43:58 AM »
In the TWIW thread a few weeks back, I mentioned how comedian Chris Gethard's show on Fusion had a few consecutive weeks of wrestling stuff.  He usually writes something on a plain white shirt for his show, so after Dusty Rhodes passed, there was a Dusty message on his shirt.  During San Diego Comic Con, his show attended and one of his guests was actually Sami Zayn.

Watched this week's show and he was in Hot Rod mode, in tribute to the passing of Roddy Piper.  He wore a kilt like Piper's and on his shirt this week, he had I CHANGE THE QUESTIONS.

A month back, I was surprised to get a wrestling reference from him but let's keep this thread going when you see something wrestling where you wouldn't expect it, whether another medium or everyday life.
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Offline Jingus

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 6,364
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 08:03:19 AM »
I've actually seen "babyface turn" and especially "heel turn" become more and more popular as terms commonly used online by young people discussing story progression in all kinds of narrative media.  They might never watch wrestling, but some of its lingo has managed to filter out into the mainstream. 

Offline Wrestlemania/Limp Bizkit WINNER

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 4,654
  • Kreese
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2015, 08:13:31 AM »
Chris Gethard's brother Gregg was a longtime DVDVR poster (and may still be, I don't know) called "ZUBAZ." He is a comedian himself and there's a video on YouTube of him doing a terrible Ultimate Warrior impression on stage.  He also appeared on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego as a child, and is still bragging about it.

Offline JHawk

  • Jim Cornette Guy
  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3,211
  • Thank You, Fuck You, Bye!
    • Smart Mark Radio
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2015, 08:15:56 AM »
I remember a random reference on an episode of NewsRadio:

Jimmy: "This will be bigger than...oh, what's his name? The guy who's really big?"
Dave:  "Andre the Giant?"
Jimmy:  "No, the other one. The one who's not dead yet."
Dave:  "Hulk Hogan?"
Jimmy:  "That's the one!"

Offline Venkman

  • Dr Venkman PhD
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 29,106
  • You don't know me and you don't have to know me
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2015, 02:50:38 AM »


Offline Kahran Ramsus

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 10,612
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2015, 10:25:41 AM »
I've actually seen "babyface turn" and especially "heel turn" become more and more popular as terms commonly used online by young people discussing story progression in all kinds of narrative media.  They might never watch wrestling, but some of its lingo has managed to filter out into the mainstream.

TVTropes uses those terms for all forms of media.

Offline Kotzenjunge

  • looptid
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 7,771
  • Kotzenjunge
    • A site I wrote.
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2015, 10:53:56 AM »
I always liked the John Cena clone who was a temporary henchman for The Monarch on The Venture Bros. There was definitely some fan at work there, especially since the guy got his hand shoved up his own ass. This would have been back when the Cena backlash was still fresh and vibrant, nearly ten years ago. Ho-lee shit, ten years.

On the Fantasy Focus podcast today, "heel" was dropped while talking about the Geno Smith broken jaw incident.

Offline foleyfanforever88

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 2,502
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2015, 11:04:33 AM »
I don't know the origin of using the word "heel" to describe a person but I'm pretty sure it's not in wrestling. The lyrics to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" have used it since 1966. Not really a wrestling reference.

Offline Avid Warehouse Enthusiast

  • Laz
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 14,743
  • 0101100101
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2015, 11:30:45 AM »
"Heel" stems from "shitheel," which is a term for irreputable and contemptible person. It's not exclusive to wrestling by any means but it's absolutely most closely associated with it.

Offline Kotzenjunge

  • looptid
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 7,771
  • Kotzenjunge
    • A site I wrote.
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2015, 12:41:22 PM »
Yeah, they even said "oh, a little WWE in there?" at the mentioning of the word. It's certainly had use for a long, long time but I can't think of any use in the daily vernacular of 99% of the population.

Offline Jingus

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 6,364
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2015, 01:36:13 PM »
"Heel" as a term meaning "bad person" has been around forever, sure.  You see it used a lot in the hard-boiled crime dramas of the 1930s and 40s, for whatever reason.  But "heel turn" is strictly a wrestling phrase, in terms of its origin. 

Offline Ed

  • Ed
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 8,111
    • My Twitter Profile
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2015, 01:57:06 PM »
I've actually seen "babyface turn" and especially "heel turn" become more and more popular as terms commonly used online by young people discussing story progression in all kinds of narrative media.  They might never watch wrestling, but some of its lingo has managed to filter out into the mainstream.

TVTropes uses those terms for all forms of media.

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. TVTropes is quite popular and probably has more viewers than any IWC website. I'm thinking TVTropes has popularized it.

Offline pujoljunkie

  • Old Navy / Diet Snapple Publishing Group
  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2,854
  • PujolJunkie
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2015, 02:45:58 PM »


There's a completely ridiculous (and totally awesome) New Age Outlaws reference at 2:17 of this song.

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2015, 03:31:02 PM »
I was watching this week's episode of TRU TV sketch comedy show "Friends of the People" when there was a random Tatanka cameo.

I can sleep easy tonight.
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2015, 03:41:01 PM »
Holy crap!  After two Tatanka sketches, they had a wedding sketch where D'lo Brown gives the Sky High to one of the Lucas Brothers, who was the groom, and the bride.  Best show.
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Offline THE TUGSTER

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 5,009
  • Alfdogg
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2015, 04:17:39 PM »
During the NBA All-Star game at MSG, Marv Albert mentioned WrestleMania amongst the historical events that have taken place at the Garden.
@alfdogg765 on Twitter FOLLOW ME


Offline foleyfanforever88

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 2,502
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2015, 11:03:34 AM »
Wouldn't MSG be one of the most expected places for a wrestling reference?

Offline THE TUGSTER

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 5,009
  • Alfdogg
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2015, 02:51:25 PM »
I suppose.  I guess I just never really expect a reference to wrestling when I'm watching something unrelated to it.
@alfdogg765 on Twitter FOLLOW ME


Offline The Art of Rasslin'

  • PosterFest 2014 Winner
  • Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 23,602
  • wipeoff
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2015, 12:08:28 AM »
Can't wait to hear Costas talk about WCW Mayhem at the next all star game.


I can't believe a guy can be that big, and jump around like he does what a great athlete!

Offline THE TUGSTER

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 5,009
  • Alfdogg
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2015, 04:26:26 AM »
THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
@alfdogg765 on Twitter FOLLOW ME


Offline DCH

  • The Every Night Delight
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 1,881
  • The Every Night Delight
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2015, 01:40:13 PM »
Found a clip from 2001 WWF vs the Alliance on a porn site today. No porn in the vid either, its just Stone Cold beating up the Alliance.

NSFW:

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2015, 02:30:23 PM »
My friend just posted a Buzzfeed article about how Amy Winehouse was a huge WWE fan. Her favorites were RVD and Jericho.


Starts at 1:19 mark. A deleted scene from the recently released documentary Amy where she drives by WWE New York and describes it to her manager.

Offline Venkman

  • Dr Venkman PhD
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 29,106
  • You don't know me and you don't have to know me
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2015, 03:06:24 AM »

Offline The Valeyard

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2,529
  • I have a doobie in my funk.
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2015, 10:16:24 AM »
I'd forgotten both how much I loved that game and now much I wish Mike Mattei would wind up in a vegetative state.

Offline Ed

  • Ed
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 8,111
    • My Twitter Profile
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2015, 02:21:01 PM »
Knowing that both The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Nostalgia Critic have watched professional wrestling in their lifetimes is the strangest thing to me.

Offline Avid Warehouse Enthusiast

  • Laz
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 14,743
  • 0101100101
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2015, 09:13:13 PM »
Why? I'm pretty sure everybody State-side watched it at one point or another, especially when they were kids.

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2015, 12:00:44 AM »
I can't remember which comedian said it (or maybe it was a line from a sitcom) but someone said that pretty much every American male (cue Scotty Riggs & Buff Bagwell cracks) has watched at least a few minutes of pro wrestling. That's pretty accurate. I only know very few guys who have had absolutely zero exposure to wrestling.

Offline Avid Warehouse Enthusiast

  • Laz
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 14,743
  • 0101100101
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2015, 12:17:18 AM »
You're a little kid and action movies attract you. Then you find a live version of it all on a weekly release schedule. Of course you're checking it out at least once.

Offline Brodypedia

  • BruiserBrody
  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 19,722
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2015, 02:45:34 AM »
Florence Henderson in Holy Man (?) saying I got two words for you "Suck it"

Offline Ed

  • Ed
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 8,111
    • My Twitter Profile
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2015, 08:26:32 AM »
Why? I'm pretty sure everybody State-side watched it at one point or another, especially when they were kids.

I guess it's because their schticks are so ingrained in my head, and neither one involves wrestling, so seeing them mention it just feels awkward and out of place. Also, whenever I see wrestling mentioned outside of wrestling sites, I just assume it's to mock it. I never take it into consideration that people used to watch it and don't anymore, even though there is PLENTY of proof that that's happened.

I probably shouldn't feel this way, honestly, since I was into most of the same stuff they were into when I was a kid AND professional wrestling too.

Offline Venkman

  • Dr Venkman PhD
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 29,106
  • You don't know me and you don't have to know me
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2015, 09:13:16 AM »
There was a Cinema Snob episode awhile ago - I wish I remembered more - where someone was taking a tape out of a VCR or fiddling with something and his joke was "No! Now you won't be able to tape Monday Night Raw!".  Most people commenting on the video thought it was just a joke / shout-out for Spoony though.

Offline Ed

  • Ed
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 8,111
    • My Twitter Profile
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2015, 09:35:56 AM »
Had to be. Cinema Snob complained about Stone Cold Steve Austin's inclusion in The Expendables and could barely remember Kevin Nash's name in Almighty Thor.

Amongst the Channel Awesome crew, I know for sure that Welshy, SadPanda, the guy who hosts Rocked Reviews (who's also an indie wrestler) and Guru Larry are still wrestling fans. Rap Critic has gotten into NXT thanks to his girlfriend, Lady Jess (a.k.a. "Internet A.J."). Dena Natali and Phelous are fans too, I'm just not sure if they still watch or not.

Todd In The Shadows and Film Brain have said that they were fans in the past. Both stopped watching around the time John Cena rose to dominance, oddly enough.

Only 8-Bit Mickey, Linkara and Obscurus Lupa have said that they've never watched wrestling (although Lupa still made a cameo appearance in an OSW Review podcast).

Offline CuckBright7831

  • CBright
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 3,858
  • 2016/17 Poster of the Year
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2015, 04:34:47 AM »
I did know that AVGN was (at some point) a wrestling fan as I've seen numerous references in his videos, but I didn't know NC was. He never struck me as one. I would have put Linkara, who I'm surprised is not a wrestling fan, in front of NC.

I know the guys as Screen Junkies are wrestling fans. They use a modified version of the RAW set as their background for Movie Fights. Jeremy Jahns and the Schmoes Knows guys were/are fans as well. When they teamed up on Movie Fights they called themselves The Megapowers.

Jon Campea was/still is a wrestling fan. He talked about it numerous times on AMC Movie Talk and dropped references every once and awhile (one of their videos was my inspiration for the Vince biopic thread). He even attended Wrestlemania this year and wore his Tito Santana shirt.



3:46

The guys at ComicBookCast2 are fans too. I know during their commentary of the Power Ranger movie where Ivan Ooze summons his purple minions to fight the Rangers, one them commented it reminded him of something that The Undertaker would do.


HEY, TRTSM:

Quote from: Cowboy Numbers
same with cwm
he's a stay at home dad with no education
what's he gonna teach his kids? how to be a loser?

Offline ViciousFish

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 4,535
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2015, 04:38:10 AM »
Wrestling is just a really long version of a fight scene from a movie. Who doesn't like cool fight scenes?
Matt, don't be a fag. Post some huge cocks.

Offline The Dames

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 349
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #34 on: September 28, 2015, 06:53:06 AM »
I went to the Oddball comedy festival a few weeks back and Jeff Ross said he looked like "Stone Cold Steve Auschwitz". 

About an hour later, Aziz Ansari was talking about the Sandra Bland situation with the cop that pulled her over.  He mentioned how the guy with the tazer screamed out "I'm gonna light you up!".  Aziz then states that the cop was so animated out of nowhere that he was 2 seconds away from saying "If you smell what The Rock is cookin". 
Former owner of TSM, EWR 4.0 reviewer, King of the Andals and Protector of the Realm.

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #35 on: August 01, 2016, 03:41:14 AM »
watched that Roast Battle on Comedy Central this weekend and one of the final battles had some guy dropping Chris Benoit references - it was in Canada, so it got (to me) a surprisingly big reaction
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #36 on: April 05, 2017, 03:02:12 PM »
This is not be a reference so much as an appearance but I flipped out watching Detroiters on Comedy Central this week.

They had always referenced one of the main character's father as the founder of the advertising firm before having a mental breakdown.  This week's episode, his dad returns and it is KEVIN FUCKING NASH

 8)
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Offline MFer

  • The Future Has Arrived
  • Admin
  • Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 7,377
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2017, 01:43:20 AM »
Not sure if it's still there, but near my hometown there's a beauty salon called A J Styles.

Offline Brodypedia

  • BruiserBrody
  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 19,722
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2017, 03:13:30 AM »
Bending the topic bounds here but....

Last night at Wal-mart they made us watch a 30 minute video about an employee who was searching for the father she had never met. When they finally got together, she was so happy that she gave him a smiley face pin. Now we have a smiley face pin "award" for employees who "put smiles on people's faces" named after this woman.

So basically a combo of the Warrior Award and the WWE PR post Benoit.  Ugh.

Offline Avid Warehouse Enthusiast

  • Laz
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 14,743
  • 0101100101
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2017, 04:42:19 AM »
Makes sense, they're the WalMart of pro wrestling.

Also, did anybody else go through this thread, see Venk's post, and get really sad?

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2020, 10:47:23 PM »
Did not expect to start my day seeing Giannis Antentenkoumpo giving the SacKings mascot the Cobra.

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2020, 02:28:29 AM »
Seemed like there were a lot of unexpected wrestling references last night. Smackdown! Live commercials were to be expected. But The Rock cutting promos before the team intros? Socialist Daniel Bryan being happy to shill for Discover Card? Ric Flair for Sabra Hummus?

You CANNOT convince me Naitch has ever eaten hummus, TSM.

Offline Big Beard Booty Daddy

  • My name's not fucking Warren
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 14,241
  • Canadian Destroyer213
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2020, 03:15:30 AM »
Seemed like there were a lot of unexpected wrestling references last night. Smackdown! Live commercials were to be expected. But The Rock cutting promos before the team intros? Socialist Daniel Bryan being happy to shill for Discover Card? Ric Flair for Sabra Hummus?

You CANNOT convince me Naitch has ever eaten hummus, TSM.

MAybe he thought he was shilling hummers, and not the cars.
2012 TRTSM Fantasy Hockey Champion

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2020, 03:23:45 AM »
All I know is all morning, I've been imagining Ric Flair listing off Israeli foods like he listed off WCW wrestlers on the last Nitro.

HUMMUS! STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES! FALAFEL! TABBOULEH! WOOOOOOOO!

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #44 on: February 05, 2020, 09:43:29 AM »
I mentioned up in another thread that I had been watching a BBC faux-reality show from a few years ago called Almost Royal.  Watching the episode in Detroit today and they filmed a scene at ROH show in Dearborn a few years back.  The segment starts that they were invited by Truth Martini and they did a segment with him backstage.  During clips of them watching the show I definitely caught Bobby Fish and Cedric Alexander before they were brought in for an in-ring segment in front of the live crowd with Nigel that Truth interrupted.
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Online Baby Shoes

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 21,196
  • Baby Shoes
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #45 on: February 06, 2020, 12:16:52 PM »
If you remember Bowling for Soup, they are releasing a song called Alexa Bliss tomorrow.  In trying to find details, apparently she filmed a music video for them last month.
[img width=800

Quote
Fan: WHY CAN REY BEAT BIG GUYS BUT NOT KIDMAN
Kevin Nash: Kidman wears a wife beater

Offline Sabre

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 5,275
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #46 on: February 06, 2020, 08:35:27 PM »

Offline cobainwasmurdered

  • Poster of the Year
  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 17,976
  • CWM
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #47 on: February 07, 2020, 12:00:40 AM »
I'm sure WWE will mention Alexa getting an entire song/music video dedicated to her...ok no I'm not. Good for her though.

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #48 on: February 07, 2020, 12:15:00 AM »
Bowling For Soup's prime was 15 years ago so they're just relevant enough in WWE's mind.

Online Sty Guy Kamala

  • CXF Writer
  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 25,669
  • Sometimes A Friend is Worth A Billion Dollars
Re: Wrestling References in Unexpected Places
« Reply #49 on: February 07, 2020, 02:28:28 AM »